Mistake Flats Hut | Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park

The 2021 Rangitata River floods seem to have swept away much grassy river flats close to the river, and it’s now bouldery access much of the way from Growler Hut. Four-wheel drives seldom now brave it, but the old track is usable in places by trampers.

A typical New Zealand Forest Service SF 70 six-bunk hut in good condition that was relocated here in the 1980s.

The open fire has been replaced with a wood burner. The remains of the old hut serve as a woodshed, but there isn’t much to fill it in the vicinity.

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category . . . standard hut

hut fee . . . 1 hut ticket or backcountry hut pass, free to camp

elevation . . . 790 m

bunks . . . 6 mattresses on bunks

built . . . 1980s relocated to this site

heating . . . wood burner

water . . . 30 m to creek at the back of the hut, but when dry and summer, it’s a 400 m walk each way to the closest braid of the Havelock River. Take the fainter of the four-wheel-drive tracks, which takes about seven minutes each way.

toilet . . . longdrop

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